Edna St. Vincent Millay's Poem Love Is Not All

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After reading this poem there is one thing that sticks out most in Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem “Love Is Not All” and that is that love will not provide you with anything. Throughout the whole entire poem she talks about how love will not give a human anything. It is all justified as you get near the end of the poem. Also it shows that people will give up love for certain things. Love does not provide a person with the essential necessities needed for life. This is simply why love is not everything in life. In lines 1-2, the persona states “Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink/ Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain.” These lines are telling you that love can not feed you or give you something to drink. It means that love cannot quench…show more content…
Then as we move to lines 7-8, the persona states “Yet many a man is making friends with death/ Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.” I came to find that this means that love is killing people. Like if love cannot sustain us or save us from injury or something from that nature, then all it boils down to is that love drives the human to death. This all backs up that love cannot give a person something that he or she needs which is physical desires and necessities. Then in the last few lines from 9-14 it is all a new thought that is being brought in. In lines 9-12, the persona states that “It well may be that in a difficult hour/ Pinned down by pain and moaning for release/ Or nagged by want past resolution’s for power/ I might be driven to sell your love for peace.” These lines are where it truly shows that love is not everything and does not provide everything for a person. The whole poem it is stated that love is not enough to live with, but she goes on to say this that she might sell it if something came up. Like if she was in the position and needed to. She would sell love to escape a problem and move on with life. If love could provide a human with these things then they

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